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RIP, Aaron Swartz




On today's podcast, I read read my obituary for Aaron Swartz, and the afterword he wrote for my upcoming novel, Homeland.




I met Aaron when he was 14 or 15. He was working on XML stuff (he co-wrote the RSS specification when he was 14) and came to San Francisco often, and would stay with Lisa Rein, a friend of mine who was also an XML person and who took care of him and assured his parents he had adult supervision. In so many ways, he was an adult, even then, with a kind of intense, fast intellect that really made me feel like he was part and parcel of the Internet society, like he belonged in the place where your thoughts are what matter, and not who you are or how old you are.



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John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia producer based in Washington, DC and the co-host of the Living Proof Brew Cast. Hear him wax poetic over a pint or two of beer by visiting livingproofbrewcast.com. In his free time he makes "Beer Jewelry" and "Odd Musical Furniture." He often "meditates while reading cookbooks."



Reviews

Reviewer: Dupenhagen Moonbat - - February 23, 2013
Subject: Wunderkind Obsession
The man was 26 years old. The fixation America has with categorizing adolescence well into the twenties and beyond is a symptom of her opulent decadence. Alexander Hamilton was in his teens an artillery captain in the Continental Army, of which Washington promoted him to lieutenant colonel at around age 21. Aaron was in this sense a throwback to a more manly age. His kind should be the rule, not the exception.
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